In countries like Bolivia, women are responsible for cooking family meals in a wood-fired stove. But it can take a long time to gather sticks and in the rainy season, the sticks are too wet to use. So, cooking takes a very long time.
However, Christian Aid’s partners in Bolivia and Malawi have been showing families how to use solar ovens. These are insulated boxes which cook food using the sun’s rays. The solar ovens have made a huge difference to the lives of families in the Amazon. Solar power is commonplace within the UK, from small solar chargers which can power your phone to solar farms generating massive amounts of electricity. However, a solar oven works differently, trapping the photons, or light particles, and using them to generate heat within the oven which then cooks the food. Solar ovens are also well insulated so that the heat generated stays within the oven and keeps everything cooking longer.
But could they work in Scotland?
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own solar oven:
- A shoebox
- Black paper
- Large cardboard box
- Additional cardboard
- Sticky tape
- Craft scissors
- Clear plastic or cellophane
- Tin foil
- Cookie dough
Place circles of raw cookie dough in the centre of the oven and shut the lid. Make sure that the box is airtight. The cookies might take 2-3 hours!